Chickens on the loose; teens dine and dash

           For the first time, after Stillwater’s chicken-keeping ordinance was approved loose chickens ruffled some neighborhood feathers enough Sunday afternoon to involve police.

According to a Stillwater Police report, a resident reported a chicken walking in the street in front of her home on the 600 block of Fourth Street South. The report added that resident told officers that loose chickens have been an ongoing problem.

The woman told officers the chicken belonged to a neighbor just north of her residence. The report states that officers spoke with the neighbor and were told he owns seven chickens and realized three birds escaped. The issue was forwarded for any follow-up.

The city’s new chicken-keeping ordinance stipulates that no more than five chickens can be kept on property; no roosters are allowed, and a two-year permit must be acquired. The chickens cannot be free-range and are required to be in a coop with an attached and enclosed pen.

            Teens dine and dash at Meisters

            After running up a bill of about $28, four 16-year-olds left Meisters Bar and Grill without paying Saturday night.

Police reports said a waitress told officers that the three males and one female juvenile dined at the restaurant when three of them left, leaving one boy alone at the table. Reports say that this individual sat at the table for 30 to 40 minutes after his friends left and she was concerned that he would try and run.

The reports notes that when the boy told the waitress that he needed to go to his car to get his money, she said the manager would have to accompany him.

The reports said as the manager stepped from the bar to follow the teen, the boy ran out the restaurant past the waitress. The manager chased the teen who then jumped in a car and fled.

Reports say that Meister staff was able to identify two of the teens and after further investigation police were able to find the other teens involved. With help from the teens’ parents, officers learned that all four parties had no money, were aware they had no money and were all involved with the theft.

Reports say one of the parents gave one of the teenagers money to return to the restaurant. Reports say the youth were escorted by officers back to Meister’s where the teens paid the tab and apologized. Reports also say that staff told the teens they were not allowed in the establishment for one year.

All four teenagers were referred to YSB to take a theft awareness program and warning citations were issued to them.